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For different reasons, I believe. Time is a huge factor for many busy women in today's society. Adding one more thing to their TO-Do list does not seem possible. The thing is though, when you make exercise a priority, you often have more energy and less sickness to keep up demands of that list. Women also believe that if they can't work an hour of exercise into their schedule, they may as well do none at all. Short, but consistent periods of exercise however can be more effective than longer, inconsistent, sporadic ones.
Think of exercise as movement. Make a commitment to move throughout day as often as you can. Take any opportunity to walk stairs, do yard work, take kids in stroller or buddy up with a friend for a chat and a walk. Use time that kids are at their soccer or gymnastics practice to take a brisk stroll. Be creative with movement. Participate in activities you enjoy. Join in with kids playing outside.
According to World Health Organization, physical inactivity is as harmful to your health as smoking and doubles risk of dying from cardiovascular disease and stroke.
There is a saying that goes something like this...If you don't make time for exercise; you better make time for illness. Can you afford to take 30 minutes out of your day to add some form of exercise? Maybe a better question is, can you afford not to????
Peggy Porter is a nurse, Wellness Coach, and author of YumME MumME Makeover-How to Balance Womanhood and Motherhood by Nurturing the Me in MumMe. If you are a Mom and want to start creating a healthier balance in your life, go to www.seekingbalance.ca and register for Peggy's free monthly teleclass and Ecourse! For more info you can also email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 506-832-0117.